Today post is about a salad..
Hesaru Belle Kosambari
Hesaru Belle – Split green gram
Kosambari- Salad ( in the South Indian kannada language)
Kosambari is a simple and easy to assemble South Indian salad.
A very healthy and yummy one served usually in weddings and festive occasions where food is prepared and served in large quantities…If you go to a typical South indian wedding where food is served and eaten seated..not the buffet type..(as in you are seated in rows with a banana leaf spread in front of you, the traditional way of having food in the South of India at functions..)
You will find the servers first placing salt, pickle on the banana leaf followed by this Kosambari/ salad..
It is yum, refreshing and a really tasty salad..so by the time we wait for the actual food this salad helps to satisfy the initial hunger pangs..
I have had this normally at weddings and I totally love it so encorporating this in my weight loss diet as it has a healthy mix of proteins and veggies..
It is made up of Moong lentils/ moong daal, veggies like carrots, cucumber are also added. Addition of fresh coconut is one of the highlight in kosambari and it does make a lot of difference to the final dish. A final tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves is also done. However, the tempering part can be skipped
🥗Soak 1/4 th cup of yellow moong daal for about 2 hours
🥗Finely chopped cucumber
🥗One green chilli chopped
🥗Freshly grated coconut ( can be skipped)
🥗Salt to taste
🥗A teaspoon of lemon juice..
For the tempering/ tadka
🥗A pinch of mustard…Jeera.. Asafoetida…Curry leaves… Chopped coriander and a teaspoon of oil
So in a bowl..
🥗Mix in the chopped cucumber, grated carrots and coconut,chopped chillies, coriander..
🥗Squeeze some lemon juice add in salt..
🥗In a small pan take some oil add in mustard..jeera..asafoetida..coriander..curry leaves..
🥗Add this tempering to the salad and mix well..Can be had as it is or mixed with curd too..
Do try this really light and refreshing salad as a side dish or with your regular meals..
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Picked this one up from drafts..it states my life as a mother when Rhea( daughter) was a year old…
A quick post!! What with a one year old clinging to you everytime you pick up the phone to post something and then you are left wondering what was that you wanted to type??maid woes??new house rants??weight issues?? And then you feel post about this phase called being a mom!!!
Rosy and cute as it may sound..I am sure all parents out there especially mommies have been there done that so here I go
Even to this day…
Me, currently summarised in one word!!
Everyday I find myself mashing potatoes, lentils and rice for her, with a bit of spices for flavour and madam just refuses to eat and when I sit down with my diet food grumpy and starved she goes waaaaaaaa wanting to know what’s on my plate or wailing away until I pick her up!!
Ahhh so now the story makes sense🙃
Until next time, to all the mommies out there, sleep while you can..😴😴😴
Komorebi, the Japanese expression for the sunlight as it filters through the trees..
Trying to keep up with my morning walks… As I walk away at my home town Bangalore..can’t help but admire the beauty of this city….the place where I grew up…as the morning sun shines through the trees..the warmth and the sound of the birds fills me up with joy..even more a reason to wake up early, a beautiful way to keep oneself fit and sane in these trying times!!
Have a great week everyone🤗
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Continuing my never ending love for the humble Idlies..
So taking you all down memory line…
During my Internship, we were posted in a government hospital for about 2 months, so the routine was that all friends would meet up for breakfast at this awesome place called Halli manne ( literally translated as village house, it’s still there in Bangalore) where they used to dole out fluffy idlis and other yummy breakfast items, they had a huge variety to offer..
My friends used to try out every item on the menu..I was determined to do the same but god knows why I used to end up ordering one Idli and one vada with sizzling hot sambhar and this continued for the whole two months we were posted there, everyday breakfast was the same, yummy hot Idlis and I never tired of it..
This trend continued even during my post grad days, when my friends used to order Pooris, Dosas and Poha, I used to stick to my staple of one Idli one vada again and again,so that’s when I realised I have an never ending connection with the humble idli..humble Nee..humble idli..😉 given the fact that idlis is also a diet food so my calorie count was in check( remember I am on an eternal never ending diet)
So much for my love for idlis..
Oh and even the day after I delivered, I was given Idli and milk so now you know, Idli rocks!!
Annnddd I am hungry typing soo much about idlis, I want one plate right now!! 🤤
So if ever you come across this humble everyday staple in the South of India, grab a hot plate with sambhar and let the magic work…have a great weekend all..🤗🤗🤗
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So continuing my love for idlis..
When I graduated to medical college, I used to take all my friends especially the North Indians to this awesome place in Bangalore, street food of course.. Idlies are served in posh restaurants to the humble thela wala ( street vendor)
The chutneys are something to die for..ahh the endless number of times I have visited this place in bangalore, Commercial street, an elderly couple doling out the most delicious, soft, mouth watering idlis paired with chutneys of two colours, a white one made of lentils and a red one made of fiery hot red chillies and tomatoes..
Chutneys itself need an entire post to be described..you have soo many to choose from!!
We have restaurants serving small small lemon sized idlis to huge ones called “Thatte Idlis” with different chutneys..
So I am imagining myself standing in front of this cart waiting for my turn for steaming idlis, served really hot hot hottttt with the chutneys in tow..ahh I have lost track of the innumerable visits to that place !!!
Speaking of idli love let me share with you another personal story..
It dates back to med school, me and my husband who was “Just a Friend” back then!!
As usual I was craving for Idlis from the cart, so he took me there, rather I forced him to come along..
Being the hygiene freak that he is, he was cringing when I insisted on having a plate of Idlis, he let me have my fill though..
So the story goes like this wherein I am blabbering away something and the vendor passes the plate of hot idlis!! Too hot for me to hold and my husband ( who was still just a friend) took out his handkerchief and placed the plate on it and held it for me till it was cool enough for me to eat and I literally ended up eating it out of his hands while still chatting away!! Awww that made me melt indeed..(soo kiddish you might say but yup that’s me Nee and what do you expect I would do??!! All of 21 and experiencing this ha ha ha so that was a sign of love blossoming..) Poor hubby still tags along cribbing and grumbling when I tell him I wanto eat idlis from the vendors..
As I was searching for images I got to know there is a world idli fay too.. Every year, March 30 is observed as World Idli Day, a day dedicated to this delicious, fermented healthy food.. Now that’s also news to me.. Wow!!!
More about the Idli love in the next post…Until next time drool away, grab a hot plate of Idli sambhar and let the magic work…have a great week ahead all..
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Today post is a very hungry one..Yes my hunger for the staple food in South of India..The Humble Idli!!!😋😋
Why humble??🤔Cause it is the cheapest food!!!
Easiest to make ( I guess only South Indians consider it easy to make) Like rajma chawal is a delicacy for us Southies, Idli is a delicacy in the North..( Speaking entirely and purely based on my experience)
So what is an Idli??!!💁 For my Non Indian friends, here is a link to the description about one of the awesome food South India has to offer..
My love story with idlis dates back to my childhood, when my mum used to give me and my brother 1 rupee on Saturdays ( somedays even she needed a break from cooking and we, a chance to gorge on outside food) So, those were the days when idlis used to cost us just 25 paise each, so 4 Idlis for a ruppee was an awesome deal, shared between me and my bro with the most amazing and tastiest chutneys!!🤤
Idlis in India is available at breakfast and dinner in high end restaurants and as street food too..
The taste of the Idlis sold in the carts is totally awesome and entirely different compared to the once sold at restaurants and hotels which boast of it as a rice dumpling steamed and simmered in spiced broth and blah blah blah, it’s a basic rice ball that’s it!!! 🤨😱😳😩
Coming back to my story, my mom used to pack 2 idlis with mint chutney for school..ahhh a memory I still can’t forget!!😍
A friend of mine amused me by having it with ghee and sugar, so you see, idli can be eaten with groundnut,coconut,mint chutneys..sugar..soaked in milk..with spicy lentil powder mixtures..with vegetable sambhar and the list is endless..
The next memory I have as I progressed to high school is of buying it from a small eateries called Sandarshinis for 1 rupee, the prices had increased by then..
My brother’s love for idli sambhar and vada surpasses mine!!
Every Saturday after the routine NCC drill in his school he used to treat himself to 2 plates of Idli Vada sambhar!!
💸The prices kept increasing from 25 paise in the 1990s to 1 ruppee in 1994 to 5 ruppees in 1998 to the current 30 ruppees for 4 idlis.. (street food prices) The hotels charge anywhere from 50 to 150 ruppees for a plate..
Idlis are mostly served in pairs cause no one can eat just one😋
In short, Idlis are the most basic and the most easily available and loved breakfast item that has ever been discovered to us South Indians!! More about my idli love in the next post.. Until next time… Enjoy hot Idli sambhar with cool cool chutney!! 🤗🤗🤗
I am soo obsessed with cuisines from across the world so felt that what may seem a daily routine, normal food to me might be a delicacy to someone in another part of the world..
Hence sharing with you a very simple, humble if I may call it so, a staple everyday meal kind of a dish..Lemon Rice! !
Give me lemon rice every single day and I can have it for ages…trust me I seriously can..
Traditionally a South indian dish it has evolved along the way with additions and twists in various states of India to suit each ones palate..
It can be had as a breakfast item made from leftover rice or as a starter dish at lunch or as an evening snack where rice is replaced by puffed rice and as a dinner item..( I am sure people all across the world don’t believe in wasting food hence rice is reused in some form to make it fresh again and consumed..)
Lemon rice is such an amazing dish that it is served as Prasadam in South indian temples… Along with its counter part, Tamarind rice called as Puliogare and curd rice..
Yes… Festivals are incomplete without these yummy dishes..
In India on any festival or auspicious occasion, you will find these delicacies being prepared as pooja prasadams…
There is something about these prasadams distributed at The temples especially, The lemon rice / tamarind rice taste out of the world.. You just can’t get that taste when the same dishes are made at home I always wonder why??!!🤔
The elders say it’s the pooja/ God’s touch..as in food which is cooked as a prasadam is never tasted before offering,so it’s told that the divine grace goes with the cooks excellence in cooking the offering…I really till date don’t understand that cause I still can’t cook that way🤔🙄
Lemon rice is also a favourite for long distance travels..back in the days when train travel was the most convenient, large families used to pack up lemon rice for the long journey..
I remember travelling from Bangalore to Mumbai..Bangalore to Shiridi and lemon rice accompanied me on every single journey…given the fact that it has lemon hence it prevents rice from getting spoilt..
The dish requires just Lemon and the usual spices found in a South Indian kitchen..
I love to eat mine with Papad..Potato fry..Chips.. Omlette.. Chicken ( fry and gravy form) and the list is endless..
Here it is served with chicken kabab.. My daughter loves this combo.. The tangy taste mixed with spicy chicken is simply yum
Thus this amazing everyday staple food, rules the lives of every South Indian household..
Do let me know if you have tried this dish..
So one sunny afternoon…just before serving lunch..I planned to make something to go with the lunch menu which had piping hot sambhar..rice and sabjis
Instead of the usual Papadums or Appalams/ Vadiyalu/ Vathal as we call them in Kannada…Telugu and Tamil..( Yes!!! Yours truly is a multilingual person hailing from the South of India..speaking 8 languages..so I tend to use words in different languages as and when my brain processes the images🙈)
So I decided to go with a Simple easy and instant recipe
Onion pakodas/ fritters
It is a staple on rainy days or those long tiring evenings when one craves something to go with Chai/ Tea
Ok so this recipe doesn’t need much of pre preps…
🧅Chop one onion in lengthy strips..
(Divide the onion strips individually..else they all get sticky and we will end up with a gunk of onion batter..)
🧅In a Mixing bowl..
Add 1 cup of Besan (Gram flour)
2-3 teaspsoons of Semolina..( Rava/ Semolina makes the fritters crispy)
🧅A bit of salt…a pinch of chilli powder…( Can also add chopped green chillies)
🧅A pinch of coriander powder,turmeric powder and garam masala and salt…
I also added a bit of dry mango powder( that’s completely optional)
So mix up these ingredients well..
🧅Add in water to the desired consistency…some prefer it a little dry, some all wet and gooey…works well both ways!!
🧅Heat a Kadai/ Pan with generous amounts of cooking oil..
🧅Let it warm up and add in the mixture in small quantities..
🧅Deep fry till nice soft and golden brown…keep the flame low as it tends to burn the besan real fast..
🧅Serve with tomato/ chilli sauce or with a side dish of green chillies and pickled onion ringlets or have it with sambhar rice..dal rice..even better make a kadhi out if it!!
( Kadhi is Onion pakodis/ fritters dunked in spiced buttermilk ) more about kadhi maybe in an another post!!
All in all a simple and easy recipe..do give it a try ..
🧅I have heard and seen on cookery shows the batter for the pakodis/ fritters been made with Beer…
Heard they come out real crispy and yumm..never tried it though…maybe some time soon
🧅The same batter can be used to make a variety of fritters..instead of onions just add in roundly sliced potatoes..raw bananas…large green chillies…egg plant..boiled eggs..and even bread!!
Until next time…stay safe..🤗🤗🤗
Sundays and Biriyani go hand in hand…
Ask any true blue South Indian and the answer you get..biriyani is an emotion!!!!
Love can wait.. Life can wait… Everything can wait but binging on a plate of warm biriyani… Nahhhh… Can’t wait!!! 🤪
So when life gives you 1000 reasons to cry.. Smile and show that you have biriyani to make all things right!!!🤩
So Who all agrees with me??!!!😜 🙌